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All articles published in the July 2014 issue.
Publish Date - 1 July 2014
2014 Institution President, Nick Russell, provides an update on activities related to two of the principal aims set out in his Inaugural Address.
Authors from Queen's University Belfast and Macrete Ireland Ltd cite four recent bridge projects that have benefitted from an innovative system, providing a cost-effective alternative to the standard masonry arch.
The tallest building in Western Europe, The Shard is an internationally recognised symbol of engineering excellence, located in the heart of Central London. In this paper, a team from WSP detail the complex structural engineering aspects of this seminal 10 year project.
The Institution's Health and Safety Panel set out the measures that should be taken in order for engineers to work safely at height in this manner.
This article provides some background and then focuses on the practicalities of steel frame design to Eurocode 3.
This month’s article from the CBDG’s Technical Committee examines the construction methods for the six basic types of precast concrete bridge:
• Standard precast inverted T/Y, I or U beams
• Bespoke precast T, I or U beams
• Precast segmental box girders with short segments
• Whole span precast box girders
• Incrementally launched box girders
• Modular precast system with short shell segments
In this paper, expressions are developed which enable the designer to determine the load bearing capacity of concentrically loaded RC columns. The novelty of the paper is not the presented nonlinear solution of RC columns, rather the approximate 'back of the envelope' expressions, which are verified for the entire practical parameter range by a numerical solution.
Costas Georgopoulos and Andrew Minson challenge a review (supplied by Alasdair Beal and featured in the June 2014 issue) of their recently published book.
Despite the author’s demonstrable understanding and experience in the field, Nirupa Perera feels ultimately let down by the lack of clarity surrounding some key concepts.